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Feeding problems are a result of a skill deficit, not just a ‘behavior problem.’ Eating is the only physical task that simultaneously utilizes all of the body’s organ systems, all of the muscles, and all 8 senses (visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, tactile, proprioception, vestibular, and interoception).
A child's ability to learn and his learning history, development, nutrition, and family are also important to his ability to eat. 'Behavior problems’ come out because the child doesn't have the skills he needs to eat. A child is not trying to misbehave when he refuses certain foods, has bad manners or doesn’t listen during meals. He/she is just trying to avoid eating because it is too hard.
Research shows that 1 out of 5 kids struggle with eating at some point by the time they are 7 years old. Unfortunately, only about half of us will grow out of our feeding challenges without help. SOS Feeding Therapy helps kids learn that food can be fun! For additional feeding support, visit Feeding Matters. They have all sorts of resources for the parents/caregivers. Please remember that there is hope and help with feeding therapy using a holistic, sensations and play-based app.